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1. Posted by haemustroy (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y

A few years ago, just out of highschool, I woke up one morning and had the desire to take a trip somewhere. I decided to get in my car and drive west, I had never since the west coast and wanted to do something new and exciting. So I drove. I left that day and didnt return for two months. It was the greatest adventure of my life. 18 years old and wandering the earth (so I thought).

Ever since the day I returned home adventuring out into the great unknown has been something I cant get off my mind whether how hard I try. The exotic locations of the globe keep calling my name. I sometimes wonder if there is something wrong me that getting up and going somewhere is so important. Friends and family say Im nuts and it is a waste of time but I love it.

My curiosity is one of the nature of the adventurer or traveller, I like to use the interchangably. What makes all of you tick? Why do YOU and not the others have such a desire to see the world? What do you love about travel?I find it strange that my brother, only 18 months younger than I has no desire yet he has been through many of the same life experiences. Some are made for it and others i guess not.

2. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 12y

Yes,
exactely, some are made for it, others not... I think it's just something in your genes ;)
Two year ago, at university, there was an opportunity for the best students of my class to go study ing abroad (in South America) for 1 year. Two students would have the chance to go, they would get a grant (enough to live one year to pay all your expenses). Can you imagine that almost nobody was interested?? Actually I was the only one together with a friend, who were interested... I was even not the best student, but because nobody else was interested, I could go... It seems not many people are interested in leaving their safe place.
I had the time of my life, I lived for one year without having to spend any money of myself...I even travelled around in South America with the money I got from the grant.
Actually that was the first time I travelled alone, and since then I'm addicted to it ;) I think it's the adventure that attracts me. Normal working life is so boring, I can experience it now! I'm wondering how long it will take until I'll leave again :)

3. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 12y

Hmmm I think this really depends on the person and the period of his life. My father spent his whole life travelling: for work most of the time, but he also created the oportunities (and still does) to be working abroad.
But even if his 2 kids (my brother and I) and his wife were following sometimes, I think there must be some time in life to settle down.

When you are single and discovering the world, if you have the opportunity and the money: Wow that's great !! (I experienced it).
But some people just don't get the chance, and others are to happy in their everyday living: A friend of mine had the opportunity, money, contact and everything to travel Europe 2 summers ago (I was there and one of her sisters too)... She refused! I couldn't understand, but she didn't see the meaning of it : "Travel? To Europe? Why?"

There is also the question of adaptation: I get to learn very fast any language and I love to discover others ways of living (I speak French, English, Spanish, German and Italian), but my brother for instance doesn't have this in him... even if he got the same education as me (and same parents!! hehehe)

Some people are made for it and others not.

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

To me travelling is a "need", or at least an extremely strong desire. I guess I should be seeking therapy or something.

I don't know why I love it so much, maybe because I grew up travelling so much, I just hate the daily grind of being at home, I am sooo tired of TV and the Internet(excluding this site of course ) I do get out and explore a lot around here, but I just really prefer the people outside of the US. I enjoy exposure to other cultures, and being places that place a higher value on family and community than we in the US do (in my opinion).

Other than that, I am a history nut, and there is so much of it to see in the world.
I just can't imagine getting to a point in life where I "settle" in one place. I don't think I've ever lived anywhere for more than 5 years (except when I was a kid) or so, I just get tired of being in on place for too long.

Well, I guess thats all for now, I wish I could put it into words better.

5. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

Well, I guess I don't have anything special to add other than to say that I have always loved the thought of new places and meeting new people and never been disappointed.
My travel started visiting West African countries ane there is still a strong liking for the area, Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria are great places all with quite different life styles.
I then visited some countries in the Med: - Potugal, Malta, Cyprus, Tunisia so far.
I also briefly made it to Muscat and Oman.
More recent visits have been to USA, Barbados, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Bali and Thailand.
Everty country has it's own fascination most of all it has to be the people you meet in their own culture, they take the time to make you welcome and answer all your questions and very quickly you have settled in and feeel at home. Isn't it this feeling at home wherever you are that makes travel so enjoyable.

Bob Flinn

6. Posted by NZder04 (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

How true that is. I personally can't understand how anyone could not want to travel. Theres so much out there to see and experience. So many different ways of life. I suppose it's true that some people don't like being out of their comfort zone and don't fell the need to experience a culture that isn't their own. I think its important to experience other cultures.

7. Posted by IngridJone (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y

Hey

i totally agree with the thing about people being out of their comfort zone!! last year i spent hte year in Holland, and my host family now wants to come to New Zealand to see me (this is a family that normally wont travel 4 hours in a car to Paris because its too far...).. but for the father particularly, it is just too far out of his comfort zone! and the mother doesnt want to leave the father for that amount of time! i always used to talk to her and she talked about how she really wanted to see america and so many places of the world but couldnt because of her husband! now given the chance its just too far out of their comfort zone. (instead they're paying for me to go to holland.. i'm not complaining :D) but i think its really a shame when people dont live their life to their full capabilities... my desire to travel comes from the fact that i want to live my life to its every full capabilities!!! i want to have interesting stories to tell my grandchildren... and also i really really want to see so many different cultures of the world!! theres just so much to see and i want to see it!!

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Why travel? For me, it's because everyday life isn't overly exciting.

I love the excitement of new destinations, as well as places I've been before. I love everything from the different architecture, to the food, to the money, language, people, culture, weather, beer, newspapers, museums, galleries - everything that is so different from home.

Plus, travelling is a good chance to reflect on your life and your goals.

Travelling is good for the spirit!

9. Posted by haemustroy (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y

I definitely agree with the "comfort zone" issue. Most people are a bit afraid of what they don'y know. Travelling and seeing new and strange places can be uncomfortable even for the experienced traveller. Imagine what it was like for your first trip far away from home. I for one was all alone and it was a pretty frightening experience as well as enlightening and in time enjoyable.
Many people probably dream about travelling their whole lives and never do because of a bundle of reason; work, family, time, money, etc. etc.
Also, I like the fact that when in foreign lands everyday is an adventure, nothing is mundane and boring. Just being alive and conversing with local society you are always learning expanding yourself without ever opening a book.
I just don't want to be one day regretful of not seeing everything the world has to offer. Experiencing some of the things i dream about is my goal right now. That is me and that is you but who are they I ask of you.
P.S. I too am a bit of a history buff; and im sick of being an armchair adventuruer.

Good luck and safe journeys

10. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

I believe it's in the genes :) I agree with all that is said, especially James' point of view. I love the excitement of meeting new people, places, 'discovering' different countries, culture, different lifes. I am curious, adventurous and openminded so maybe that is three good reasons why I travel. I also need change all the time. But there are peeps who need change but opt for a different hobby or career and so don't even consider travel. I think it is definitely either born in us or it's not:)